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2018 Golden Crown Literary Awards Finalists

 

Here are the finalists for the 2018 GCLS Awards. Finalists and winners are calculated according to the Board-approved recommendations of the Independent Review Committee, and the results verified by an independent third party. More information on the 2018 Awards Changes page.

  • To the extent possible, aggregate categories so there are at least six entries in one category
  • Adopt the 25%-10% rule to determine finalists and winners based on the number of eligible nominations:
    • 25% of entries are finalists
    • 10% of entries are winners

Under each Category are the number of finalists and winners according to the 25%-10% rule. This rule only applies to Judged Categories; the Ann Bannon Popular Choice and Tee Corinne Award for Outstanding Cover Art are not affected.

Important dates:

  • Finalists for the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award and Tee Corinne Award for Outstanding Cover Art are announced in March 2018
  • Finalists for the judged categories will be posted in batches after judging ends on April 15, 2018 and the results verified; finalists will be posted in early May 2018
  • Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony to take place during the Annual Conference in Las Vegas in July 2018

[Please note: Nominators may optionally provide a link to purchase the nominated book. The link is posted for reference only and is not an endorsement of any particular merchant on the part of the GCLS.]

Please refer to the Nominations Guidelines page or contact the Awards Administrators at awards@goldencrown.org if there are any questions.

Last update: 28-Apr-2018



 

Ann Bannon Popular Choice

57 Nominees | 9 finalists* | 1 winner (9 finalists due to a tie at 8th place after Round 1 voting)

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
An Outsider Inside R J Samuel Self-Published buy
Edge of Glory Rachel Spangler Bywater Books buy
Goldenrod Ann McMan Bywater Books buy
Our Happy Hours, LGBT Voices From the Gay Bars S. Renee Bess and Lee Lynch (eds.) Flashpoint Publications buy
Perfect Rhythm Jae Ylva Publishing buy
Right Here, Right Now Georgia Beers Bold Strokes Books buy
Sappho's Bar and Grill Bonnie J. Morris Bywater Books buy
Strawberry Summer Melissa Brayden Bold Strokes Books buy
Time's Rainbow: Writing Ourselves Back Into American History Lori L. Lake & Christopher Hawthorne Moss (ed.) Launch Point Press buy

 

Anthology/Collections (Fiction)

9 Nominees | 2 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Conference Call Ann Roberts (ed.) Bella Books buy
Our Happy Hours, LGBT Voices From the Gay Bars S. Renee Bess and Lee Lynch (eds.) Flashpoint Publications buy

 

Combined Non-Fiction

This category is a combination of Anthology/Collections (Non-Fiction) and General Non-Fiction, due to fewer than 6 nominations respectively in those categories

8 Nominees | 2 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Fried & Convicted: Rehoboth Beach Uncorked Fay Jacobs Bywater Books buy
Grief Map Sarah Hahn Campbell Brain Mill Press buy

 

Contemporary Romance (Short Novels)

31 Nominees | 8 finalists | 3 winners

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Bait and Switch Blythe H. Warren Bella Books buy
Echo Point Virginia Hale Bella Books buy
Fake it till You Make it M. Ullrich Bold Strokes Books buy
Forget Me Not Kris Bryant Bold Strokes Books buy
Highland Fling Anna Larner Bold Strokes Books buy
Pausing Renee Mackenzie Affinity Rainbow Publications buy
Unbridled Fox Brison Bold Fox Publishing n/a
Unexpected Jenny Frame Bold Strokes Books buy

 

Contemporary Romance (Mid-Length Novels)

40 Nominees | 10 finalists | 4 winners

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Ask, Tell E. J. Noyes Bella Books buy
The Butterfly Whisperer Lisa Moreau Bold Strokes Books buy
Delay of Game Tracey Richardson Bella Books buy
Love After Hours: A Rivers Community Romance Radclyffe Bold Strokes Books buy
Nantucket Rose CF Frizzell Bold Strokes Books buy
Night Voice CF Frizzell Bold Strokes Books buy
Right Here, Right Now Georgia Beers Bold Strokes Books buy
Sidebar Carsen Taite Bold Strokes Books buy
What Matters Most Georgia Beers Brisk Press buy
Wishing on a Dream Julie Cannon Bold Strokes Books buy

 

Contemporary Romance (Long Novels)

33 Nominees | 8 finalists | 3 winners

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Casting Lacey Elle Spencer Self-Published buy
Crescent City Confidential Aurora Rey Bold Strokes Books buy
Edge of Glory Rachel Spangler Bywater Books buy
Perfect Rhythm Jae Ylva Publishing buy
Rock and a Hard Place Andrea Bramhall Ylva Publishing buy
The Secret Pond Gerri Hill Bella Books buy
Vacationland Susan X Meagher Brisk Press buy
Who'd Have Thought G Benson Ylva Publishing buy

 

Debut Novel

37 Nominees | 9 finalists | 4 winners

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy book
Bend Nancy J. Hedin Anglerfish Press an imprint of Riptide Publishing buy
Falling Into Her Erin Zak Bold Strokes Books buy
Frame by Frame CJ Murphy Desert Palm Press buy
Just Beyond the Shining River Lynnette Beers Regal Crest Enterprises buy
Marriage of a Thousand Lies SJ Sindu Soho Press buy
The Road To Wings Julie Tizard Bold Strokes Books buy
The Square Donut Lauren Crane Backyard Bird Publishing buy
The Tiger's Daughter K. Arsenault Rivera Tor/Forge Books buy
The Winter Loon Lori Henriksen Cougar Creek Books buy

 

Erotica

11 Nominees | 3 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Her Best Friend's Sister Meghan O'Brien Bold Strokes Books buy
Party Favors Jaime Clevenger Bella Books buy
This Foreign Affair Harper Bliss Ladylit Publishing buy

 

General Fiction

18 Nominees | 5 finalists | 2 winners

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Bend Nancy J. Hedin Anglerfish Press an imprint of Riptide Publishing buy
Bitterroot Queen Jove Belle Dirt Road Books buy
Changing Perspectives Jen Silver Affinity Rainbow Publications buy
Goldenrod Ann McMan Bywater Books buy
The Price of Cash Ashley Bartlett Bold Strokes Books buy

 

Historical Fiction

14 Nominees | 4 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
The Ada Decades Paula Martinac Bywater Books buy
Crossing the Wide Forever Missouri Vaun Bold Strokes Books buy
The Sniper's Kiss Justine Saracen Bold Strokes Books buy
The Winter Loon Lori Henriksen Cougar Creek Books buy

 

Mystery/Thriller

22 Nominees | 6 finalists | 2 winners

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
A Quiet Death Cari Hunter Bold Strokes Books buy
Forsaken Trust: A Luce Hansen Thriller Meredith Doench Bold Strokes Books buy
Genuine Gold Ann Aptaker Bold Strokes Books buy
The Girl on the Edge of Summer J. M. Redmann Bold Strokes Books buy
Lethal Care Claire McNab with Katherine V. Forrest Bella Books buy
Taken In Erica Abbott Bella Books buy

 

Paranormal/Horror

9 Nominees | 2 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Five Moons Rising Lise MacTague Bella Books buy
Little Dip - Garoul Series Book V Gill McKnight Dirt Road Books buy

 

Poetry

10 Nominees | 3 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
The Girls with Stone Faces Arleen Paré Brick Books buy
Hanging On Our Own Bones Judy Grahn Arktoi Books buy
Walking Through Turquoise Laurie MacFayden Frontenac House Ltd. buy

 

Romantic Suspense/Intrigue/Adventure

34 Nominees | 9 finalists | 3 winners

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
A More Perfect Union Carsen Taite Bold Strokes Books buy
Heart Stop Radclyffe Bold Strokes Books buy
Into Thin Air Jeannie Levig Bold Strokes Books buy
Letter of the Law Carsen Taite Bold Strokes Books buy
Lucy's Chance Jackie D Bold Strokes Books buy
Mine To Keep Wendy Hudson Ylva Publishing buy
Moment of Weakness KG MacGregor Bella Books buy
The Road To Wings Julie Tizard Bold Strokes Books buy
The Scholarship Jaime Maddox Bold Strokes Books buy

 

Science-Fiction/Fantasy

29 Nominees | 9 finalists (due to three-way tie in 7th place) | 3 winners

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Ardulum: Second Don J.S. Fields Ninestar Press buy
The End Roselle Graskey and Cheyne Curry Bossy Pants Books buy
Erased Robbi McCoy Bella Books buy
Fury's Choice Brey Willows Bold Strokes Books buy
House of Fate Barbara Ann Wright Bold Strokes Books buy
Phoenix Rising Rebecca Harwell Bold Strokes Books buy
Seoul Circuit Tamara Boyens Supposed Crimes buy
Shattered Lee Winter Ylva Publishing buy
Spark Catherine Friend Bold Strokes Books buy

 

Tee Corinne Award for Outstanding Cover Art

72 Nominees | 8 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Cover Artist
Publisher
Buy Book
The Ada Decades Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio Bywater Books buy
An Outsider Inside Ann McMan, Treehouse Studio Self-Published buy
Buried Heart Melody Pond Bold Strokes Books buy
Close to Home Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio Bywater Books buy
Edge of Glory Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio Bywater Books buy
Goldenrod Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio Bywater Books buy
On a LARP Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio Bywater Books buy
Our Happy Hours, LGBT Voices From the Gay Bars Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio Flashpoint Publications buy

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Young Adult

13 Nominees | 3 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Girls Like Me Nina Packebush Bedazzled Ink Publishing buy
Sovereign April Daniels Diversion Books buy
The Square Donut Lauren Crane Backyard Bird Publishing buy

 

 

2018 Tee Corinne Finalists

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